World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Brisbane International.
Nadal hasn’t played since suffering a defeat to David Goffin at the Nitto ATP Finals in London in November, with the Spaniard immediately pulling out of the event citing a knee injury.
The 31-year-old harboured ambitions of returning in time for the start of the 2018 season, but after firstly withdrawing from the exhibition Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, Nadal has now aborted plans to compete at the Brisbane International.
He has also reportedly pulled out of the Fast4 event in Sydney the following week.
Nadal’s withdrawal is a big blow for Brisbane International, with tournament organisers also sweating on the fitness of Andy Murray, who is also in doubt after delaying a planned early departure for Australia.